Department of Computer Science

Computing education research and educational technology

Computer science, psychology, and education.
Education technology used in class room, symbolic illustration by Matti Ahlgren

Computing education research (CER) contributes scientific knowledge about the learning and teaching of computer programming and other areas of computing education; develops software tools, pedagogies, and theoretical models to help computing students and teachers; and evaluates such tools, pedagogies, and models empirically.

CER is an interdisciplinary field at the cross-section of computer science, psychology, and education.

We develop and apply educational technology, learning analytics and educational data mining to improve computing education as well as other fields of education.

Research topics: Computing education research, learning analytics, educational technology.

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Latest publications

Analyzing Fine-Grained Material Usage Behavior

Charles Koutcheme, Juho Leinonen, Juha Sorva, Arto Hellas 2021 Seventh SPLICE Workshop at SIGCSE 2021 “CS Education Infrastructure for All III: From Ideas to Practice”

Event-driven Programming in Programming Education: A Mapping Review

Aleksi Lukkarinen, Lauri Malmi, Lassi Haaranen 2021 ACM Transactions on Computing Education

Morning or Evening? An Examination of Circadian Rhythms of CS1 Students

Albina Zavgorodniaia, Raj Shrestha, Juho Leinonen, Arto Hellas, John Edwards 2021 Proceedings - 2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering

Scripted Step-based Visualizations: A Pilot Study

Aleksi Lukkarinen, Lassi Haaranen, Lauri Malmi 2021 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Education

Let’s Ask Students About Their Programs, Automatically

Teemu Lehtinen, André Santos, Juha Sorva 2021 2021 IEEE/ACM 29th International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC)

Fine-Grained Versus Coarse-Grained Data for Estimating Time-on-Task in Learning Programming

Juho Leinonen, Francisco Enrique Vicente Castro, Arto Hellas 2021 Proceedings of The 14th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2021)

Students Struggle to Explain Their Own Program Code

Teemu Lehtinen, Aleksi Lukkarinen, Lassi Haaranen 2021

Does the Early Bird Catch the Worm? Earliness of Students' Work and its Relationship with Course Outcomes

Juho Leinonen, Francisco Enrique Vicente Castro, Arto Hellas 2021 ITiCSE 2021 - Proceedings of the 26th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education

Differentiated Assessments for Advanced Courses that Reveal Issues with Prerequisite Skills

Greg L. Nelson, Filip Strömbäck, Ari Korhonen, Marjahan Begum, Ben Blamey, Karen H. Jin, Violetta Lonati, Bonnie Mackellar, Mattia Monga 2020 ITiCSE-WGR 2020 - Proceedings of the Working Group Reports on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education

Should Explanations of Program Code Use Audio, Text, or Both? A Replication Study

Albina Zavgorodniaia, Arto Hellas, Otto Seppälä, Juha Sorva 2020 Proceedings - 20th Koli Calling Conference on Computing Education Research, Koli Calling 2020
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

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Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

HIIT is a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki for basic and applied research on information technology.


Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

Nation-wide competence center for Artificial Intelligence in Finland.

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence
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